Definition: This entry gives the percent of children under five considered to be underweight. Underweight means weight-for-age is approximately 2 kg below for standard at age one, 3 kg below standard for ages two and three, and 4 kg below standard for ages four and five. This statistic is an indicator of the nutritional status of a community. Children who suffer from growth retardation as a result of poor diets and/or recurrent infections tend to have a greater risk of suffering illness and death.
Source: CIA World Factbook - Unless otherwise noted, information in this page is accurate as of January 1, 2012See also: Children under the age of 5 years underweight map
5 Inspirational Health Trends That Are Happening Around The World
The Business Insider - 5/21/2014 10:42:52 PM
In the chart below, you can see that low-income countries made the largest gains overall: World Health Statistics 2014 Years ... Children under the age of five are getting better nutrition across all regions of the world. The global proportion of ...
Half of Afghan children suffer irreversible harm from malnutrition
theguardian.com - 1/26/2014 7:08:30 PM
"After the age of two years, stunting is ... A lack of iodine is the world's leading cause of preventable mental impairment, and a lack of vitamin A hobbles the immune system, pushing up death rates among children under five. So severe is the damage ...
As Indian Growth Soars, Child Hunger Persists
New York Times - 3/12/2009 11:55:19 PM
In India ... in recent years, including Maharashtra and Gujarat. Here in the capital, which has the highest per-capita income in the country, 42.2 percent of children under 5 are stunted, or too short for their age, and 26 percent are underweight.
India's hunger 'shame': 3,000 children die every day, despite economic growth
NBCNews World - 2/15/2012 11:53:22 PM
Almost as shocking as India's high prevalence of child malnutrition is the country's failure ... said 42 percent of children under five are underweight - almost double that of sub-Saharan Africa - compared to 43 percent five years ago.
India's child malnutrition puzzle
The Economic Times - 4/28/2011 11:57:15 PM
One of the least talked about issues in the debate on India's demographic dividend is child malnutrition. India is home to about a third of the world's underweight and stunted children under the age of 5. A child under 5 is almost twice as likely to be ...
Skinny celebrities drive one in five 11-year-olds to diet
Daily Telegraph - 4/21/2009 1:20:54 PM
And it even emerged that one in five six year old girls knew ... A fifth of all girls under the age of 15 have spoken to other people in internet forums and chat rooms about dieting. Ellie Puddle added: "Parents often assume that children will transfer ...
Malnutrition causes 45 per cent of deaths of under-five children: Report
The Hindu - 6/6/2013 5:40:56 PM
Malnutrition is responsible for nearly 45 per cent of deaths in children under-five, according to ... and 100 million children were underweight. Over 90 per cent of these were in Asia or Africa, with Africa the only major world region where the number ...
AFGHANISTAN: Fifth least developed country in the world
IRIN - 11/17/2007 11:53:06 PM
In Afghanistan’s first-ever human development report, which was released in 2004, the country was ranked 173rd and was widely expected to improve its human development indicators. Afghans live almost nine years ... children under five are underweight ...
The Terrible Plight of Afghan Children
ABC News - 4/20/2008 11:55:24 PM
The two-year ... five children will not live beyond the age of five, according to official statistics. Thirty-nine percent of children under five are malnourished due to poverty and 54 percent of Afghan children are stunted and 40 percent are underweight ...
Save the Children - 8/28/2014 5:00:34 AM
The world's youngest country, South Sudan gained indepence nearly three ... before the latest influx of refugees – found in young children under the age of five: Over one in four children are underweight Nearly one in three children are stunted (short ...
A strike against chronic malnutrition in Burundi
UNICEF - 6/16/2013 11:55:38 PM
Burundi, a small, densely populated country in East Africa ... Nearly two thirds, or 58 per cent, of all children under 5 years old are chronically malnourished – one of the highest rates in the world. Jacqueline’s situation is much like that of ...
WHO issues guidance on emerging double threat of childhood obesity and undernutrition in low- and middle-income countries
WHO - 6/4/2013 11:55:32 PM
“While it is vital to maintain efforts to reduce undernutrition, the world needs to do much more to ... Worldwide, more than 100 million children under five years of age are underweight; 165 million are stunted i.e. have a low height for their age ...
India: Children Today—Citizens Tomorrow!
World Press Review - 1/12/2008 11:58:16 PM
Let us grapple with some numbers: Forty-seven percent of children under 5 years of age are underweight. According to the Ministry ... our children cannot become the nethas (leaders) of tomorrow. In a country where almost 17 million children work, there ...
Orphaned and homeless: Surviving the streets of North Korea
CNN - 5/14/2013 5:39:35 PM
Gwak Jong-Moon knows the pain orphans suffer. He's the principal of Hangyeore Middle-High School, a South Korean transitional facility open only to North Korean children and teenagers. About 50 North Koreans under the age of 24 enter South Korea every year ...
Syria's Homs: Evacuee tells of life under siege
Yahoo News - 2/12/2014 10:44:33 PM
BEIRUT (AP) — Weeping children begged for food and women picked grass to eat as hunger gripped rebel-held neighborhoods of the Syrian city of Homs during a nearly two-year ... and skinny, said Matthew Hollingworth, country director of the World Food ...